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About Helena

Office worker by day, home sewer by night. I sew, thrift, create in order to build my personal, unique, colourful wardrobe.

The Denim Skirt of Rectangles

Sometimes you just want to sew something mindless. Engage your hands in something, but not something that requires too much concentration or skill. New Year’s Day was a day like that. I was tired from a night of good company, good food and many good drinks, plus my daughter had a nasty cough as well. Needless to say, I needed some sewing time, but I wasn’t up for undertaking any project with many details or where precise sewing was required.

When adding the belt loops, I didn’t realise that the front was was right in the CF. So the belt’s a bit off on the side.

Enter the Trijntje skirt! I’d been planning to sew a weekender skirt, i.e. a skirt that is comfortable to wear around the house or doing weekend errands. Simple enough. The denim was a remnant from my Denim Pinda pants so I had what I had and needed to work around that.

See, all rectangles. But they’re great to sew on New Year’s Day!

I’m not entirely sure this pattern even qualify as a pattern. Let me tell you what it is: It is to rectangles sewn together with two rectangles sewn on top. Then some rectangles are sewn in the top to form a casing to pull the elastic through and voilà: a skirt! Some pretty topstitching hide the fact that it’s all just a bunch of rectangle sewing. Which is, in fact, the perfect New Year’s Day sewing. I didn’t even bother to trace this “pattern” I just measured the pieces and transferred the measurements to the fabric.

The rectangle skirt, as styled in Knipmode

The styling in the magazine (Knipmode 04/2018) included a self-belt, but I didn’t have enough fabric for that, having already shortened the skirt to account for the yardage I had. I intended to make the belt loops though, as to wear the skirt with a regular belt. Then I misplaced the last scrap, believing I had thrown them away (that’s what I get for cleaning my sewing room!) and scrapped (pun, intended) that idea. However, the elastic is a bit too long to hold up the weight of the skirt on its own (very comfortable though) and I cursed past me for loosing that last piece.

This skirt does its job; provides a good leisure skirt

Then I was sorting my fabric and this time the cleaning paid off. Hidden among my knits I found that missing piece of denim and I could proceed to add the belt loops, 1 month after completing the rest of the skirt.

Spring Plan 2020

For the past years I have been sewing with a plan. I am a member of a (Swedish) FB group where we each plan our seasonal sewing, either by doing a capsule wardrobe or by filling identified gaps. The goal is to have a cohesive wardrobe with nicely fitted garments; the quality of the garments being produced by the group’s members is high and it makes me up my game as well.

As I have been wardrobe planning for many years, my plans tend to go the fill gaps route, especially now that I’ve figured out what I like to wear and what I feel good in. But don’t be fooled by that sentiment, sometimes I feel like trying a new silhouette or fabric type, at times a success, during others not so much. The plans of this year will also focus on my goals for the year, to use what I have, both fabric and pattern-wise and refashion things that need it. I’m thinking it could be fun to have one refashion project per plan, but I don’t know if I have enough clothes in need of refashion. For the spring and summer plan they’ll be one each, then for the later season we’ll see if I can find something.

The spring plan for 2020 has 7 pieces, some easy, one refashion and some gaps to fill.

I’ve been curious about the Briar by Megan Nielsen for a while, so for Black Friday 2019 I bought it (along with the Brumby skirt, also in plan). I hope to make many version over time, this one is intended to be a layering piece in a grey knit (probably cotton/lycra).

The Burda 05-2012 skirt is a skirt I’ve made several times and my aqua version has been retired due to a lot of wear. For this season I’m making another version, this time is some curtains woven by my grandmother. The bottom edge has a crochet lace, so I will make use of that. During the spring there is a contest running in which you need to refashion something, #icare_2020, plenty of entries have already been submitted. I’m thinking a skirt made from my grandmother’s handwoven curtains sewn on her 1954 Husqvarna Automatic would be an excellent entry for reuse!

Isn’t trousers* something you always need? I know I do, since I’m working my way through various pattern companies and seeing which drafts suits me best. This time I’ll be making a pair of Burda pants (2012-03-126) with interesting seaming. I planned to make them in red, but the fabric I had planned wasn’t really what I expected, but I came across a quite thick navy jersey twill, which I think will be excellent. The fabric gods were smiling at me, the piece I found in the remnant bin was just the amount of fabric needed.

Another gap I have is dressier skirts. Last year I found some remnant bin cupro and I think it would make a nice looking skirt, using the Megan Nielsen Brumby pattern. I have it in grey and blue, could be either, but leaning towards grey as the blue is a larger piece which could be a dress.

Speaking of experimenting with silhouettes, I am on the hunt for a loose-fitting shirt and have tried some. I like the Xaja from Knipmode due to the drawstring which lends some shape while still being loose. I have a nice, stashed black thin voile for this.

On weekends I love wearing simple skirts that you don’t feel you’re wearing. The Trintje from Knipmode fits that bill and in denim it will be a perfect casual skirt. I’ll admit, maybe not my first choice, but the denim is a leftover from my denim Pindas, so I have a limited quantity.

Finally, the refashion of the plan. In the fall of 2018 I made this wrap sweater in a linen knit. The fabric doesn’t take well to being tied up, it looks quite bad, so I will see if I can take those off an make a faux wrap top. I will do my best, but foresee two main issues. That I have gotten most of the fit from being able to wrap it as tightly as I want it and a faux version wouldn’t fit as well. This will be my third grey layering piece and maybe that will be too many. So if I cannot nail this one, it might get overlooked in favor of other grey layering pieces.

There, off to go sew!

*There’s a reason I’m calling it trousers and not pants which I used to. It involves the specifics of discussing a British coworker’s pants in detail. But this post is long enough as it is, so I’ll save that anecdote for another post.

2019 and 2020, Top 5 and Lookaheads

The sewing community is overflowing with wrap-ups of the previous year and decade as well as lookaheads to the new. I’ll join in, I like making book ends (heck, I have a whole spreadsheet dedicated to my creations and charts over pattern companies and types of garments, as well as one whole spreadsheet dedicated to my fabric stash). So first: The Numbers!

I made 40 sewing projects last year, of which 8 were for the kids, 1 was a bag and one was a cutlery wrap. Having identified a dress gap in my wardrobe I made many dresses this year, most of which get heavy rotation. I worked with 11 different pattern companies, Burda and Allt om handarbete were the 2 clear winners due to my collection of those magazines. However, the Allt om handarbete block is not a good match for me and to be honest their patterns are a bit boring so for next year I doubt they’ll be featured much.

Now, let’s look at some pretty clothes, shall we? I’ve already presented my bottom 5 of the year, so obviously it’s time for my top 5 of 2019! In chronological order:

1. Woman Dress

I bought this fabric in the autumn of 2018 and on March 6th I scrambled to make the dress so it could be worn on International Women’s day 2 days later. After contemplating many patterns, I’m really glad I went for a simple design to showcase those big Venus-signs. I’m also really glad that the despite the time crunch I was sewing this dress in, I pattern-matched the sides and avoided putting two big circles on my boobs. Whenever I wear this dress, it always garners plenty of attention.

 

 

 

 

2. Red maxi skirt

Ever since making the Belladone by Deer and Doe a few years back, I’ve been wanting to make a maxi skirt using that pattern. This spring I finally did, with a heavy but flowy viscose bought from Ohlssons and buttons from my mum’s stash. I must have ended up mis-counting, because the waist ended up much bigger than anticipated, so the pleats are quite deep. But I loved wearing this skirt over summer.

 

 

 

 

3. Blue-striped Reglisse

Both the fabric and the pattern for this project was bought for Black Friday 2018 and sewn up less than six months later! I’ve also made a less successful wearable muslin, but I fear that it will leave my closet soon. With this one I took care with the stripe-matching and it paid off well. I have lengthened the bodice and the skirt and raised the armhole a bit as well as making a bit smaller, making this sundress pattern appropriate for the office, as shown by the fact that this is the dress I chose to wear for my word ID badge.

 

 

 

 

4. The Lego shirts

I have a whole post dedicated to these, so go there for details. They are just really fun to wear!

 

 

 

 

 

5. My first ever coat

I invested a lot of time and money into this coat and luckily it paid off. I love how it looks, the fact that I managed to find a red non-wool fabric for it, the quilted lining, everything. Plus I wear it pretty much every day in the winter so it is in constant rotation!

 

 

 

 

As for the upcoming year, I don’t want to set any major goals, but rather guidelines. I will continue to sew with a plan, in which I’ll make a 4-7 piece plan for each season and try to stick to it. Sometimes, there isn’t enough time or priorities shift, but I’m at that point where my plans are filling gaps in my wardrobe, rather than building it. So, my own guidelines for the plans I make this year will be:

1.Use what I have

I have a pretty big stash with fabric for most type of clothing. For each plan I am allowed to buy new fabric only if an identified gap needs it (for example, in my upcoming spring plan I am making a pair of trousers. I had no suitable fabric so I bought for that. For a shirt tunic I’m making I must use something that was already in the stash). I start the year with 83,5 meters of fabric, let’s see where I end up.

This also applies to patterns, that I will try to use what I have instead of buying new.

2. Refashion

I have some hand-made garments at home that could use some attention to make them better (Exhibit A). For each plan I will try to add a refashion that would make some less-loved garments into more-loved, or at least have them die in the process of trying.

3. Sell things I won’t use

This relates mostly to fabrics and patterns. You know we’ve all bought some fabric and then realized it wasn’t our style or something or patterns that really only have one make in them. I hope someone will like what I have and take some things off my chest.

Long post, so congrats if you’ve made it to the end!

 

 

2019 Sewing Bottom 5

As I only reopened this blog in October this year, I have made a lot of things that has not been recorded on the internet, save for Instagram. But here’s the drawback of Instagram, try finding those things again. Plus, when originally posted we tend to look at our projects with those “new love” eyes, whereas the true opinion of something comes with wear, or in the case of clothes, non-wear. In that respect maybe the misses are more interesting than the hits and I will begin with those.

Toto, green corduroy skirt

Wrinkles galore, corduroy is tricky to press.

Before making this skirt, I researched it on the internets, as I always do. That big pleat in the front was quite a divider among those who had sewn it, but I liked the cool-ness it gave the skirt. However, I either measured wrong, traced wrong or the sizing’s off because this skirt ended up way too big. I can keep it up with a belt, but this creates this minor paper bag waist that is too small to look intentional. I’m not sure how to take this one in because of the slanted pockets and kick pleat in the back. Pattern from Jenny Hellström Ruas’ book Sy! Från hood till skjortkänning

Green v-neck top

I like the colour, but not sure about the rest, I think I need a dart for these types of tops

As with many of the clothes that I don’t end up wearing, I usually like the idea of something. With this, dart-less simple top from a Fashion Style Magazine (hate that name, but I digress) I thought it would give me a cool vibe and more comfort in the fact that not all clothes need to be fitted. I probably should have made some sort of dart less FBA on this top as it keeps on riding down, making that V a bit indecent, especially for work. Plus it’s a bit short on me. At first I really liked it and figured I could make a more fancy top in a cupro, now I’m glad I didn’t jump to that gun, so my cupro can be saved for something else.

Deck of cards top

Only picture I could find to represent this project. The lack of shape should have been obvious to me from the drawing.

In need for some more knit tops I picked up this ponte from the remnant bin at Stoff och Stil. It’s not polka dots, but rather the  suits of a deck. The fabric piece I had was small, so it was hard to find a pattern and then I needed some creative cutting. I had a hard time finding a pattern and settled on a top with a yoke. I made no effort to compensate for the fact that my pattern had sleeves whereas I sewed it sleeveless which shows. Plus it could stand to be a bit more fitted, now it kind of just hangs.

White and silver blouse

Too bulky. But I like the heart on the belt, that’s a keeper!

Another case where I tried a new to me silhouette. It wasn’t a perfect fabric-to-pattern match as the seersucker is a bit stiff. As it was a Burda pattern, I couldn’t quite figure out how to sew the placket correctly and I assumed that it was elastic creating the gathers in the neckline. It wasn’t. You sew basting stitches, gather and then create some pouf by adding a piece of fabric with the neckline fabric and self-facing. Quite an odd method. I don’t really like wearing this blouse, the shape is off and it’s too high in the neck for my comfort.

Coral zipper trousers

I still wear them and they’re awesome with my Lego shirt, but the fit is so off

I need more trousers in my wardrobe. Period. I wanted to add some colourful ones, and there ones fit that bill. I also like all the zipper details and the pocket in the back is a patch pocket/welt pocket sort of hybrid with a zipper thrown in for good measure. It was my second pair of trousers from the Allt om handarbete magazine this year and now I’ve come to realise that their block just don’t fit me. In no way I am saying I expect a good fit right off the pattern sheet, but these are pretty far off and for example Burdastyle would be a better starting point for me. So while I love the trousers in theory – the colour! the zippers! – in  practice they just don’t get worn a lot.

 

During my Christmas holidays (18 days without work!) I plan to do a serious wardrobe purge and cleaning. I think my wardrobe will feel empty, but it’ll be the clothes I wear, as opposed to just hanging there for decoration. I’ve said this many times before, so we’ll see how it goes once I face the fact.

The Faux Wrap Dress for No One

See this girl? She looks happy in her dress, doesn’t she? Albeit the fabric choices are a bit juvenile, but I looked past the fabric and found a dress with a wrap twist on both the bodice and the skirt. I imagined it for the wedding I was attending in Cape Cod, in something nice and flowy.

McCalls’ 7317. Stay Away!

I bought a quite expensive cotton sateen, along with loads of cheap IKEA cotton, thinking that I am far enough into sewing that I can alter the bodice to make it fit. I happily set off on the journey, at that moment not realizing that ignorance is bliss.

This is what a screenshot of my phone gallery looked liked. In the middle of fitting, I stopped for grilled bananas with chocolate. And blue wine.

I don’t know how many times I made up that bodice. The 3 metres of IKEA cotton I had bought was all gone by the end of it and *spoiler alert* the dress still did not fit properly.  In a toile I sew using basting stitches, in order to easily rip them out. After a while I had pulled out the thread so many times that I got a cut on my finger. Cut by thread.

The problem lies in the neckline is my semi-qualified guess.

One of the major issues with this pattern is that the front neckline is the same for all sizes. Meaning that if you change the size you only change where the side and shoulder seam hit you. After a while my list of modification was long, I ran out of IKEA cotton, and I had a fit that was OK. In this case OK meaning not too much gape, not too low cleavage (or so I thought…) and adequate room in the waist. I cut my pretty fabric. One reviewer at Pattern Review says that she couldn’t get the dress to fit, but that it might be better suited for someone with a larger bust. Since I am that person, doesn’t this speak of really bad drafting?

The bodice was lengthened, bottom curve reshaped, I sewed with a smaller seam allwoanc at some places, pinched out a portion from the neckline and made the pleats longer. Still not enough.

This dress did come with me to Cape Cod and I wore it for my American cousin’s wedding. A year later I wore it to another wedding and this summer it also made an appearance at a party. The goal was to have a dress that would be that one go-to dress for fancy occasions. Sadly this is not that dress.

It needs a belt to be kept in place. And a safety pin in the clevage.

In order to not get an indecent cleavage I need to use a safety pin in a strategic place. I also always wear this dress with a belt to cover up the crocked waistline. Plus, the alterations of the bodice ultimately also lead to that the skirt didn’t line up properly and the overlap is much smaller than intended, leading to wardrobe malfunctions. I always get plenty of compliments, but I feel like such a fraud. Usually I take in the compliments, but when it fits this badly after putting so much effort into it, I feel they aren’t warranted. Plus, I just don’t feel comfortable in it.

I do love the back neckline

The pattern went off to one of my sewing friends, can’t remember who. I gave it to her for free, I couldn’t charge for such a bad pattern, but it did come with caution from me. I don’t know if she’s done anything with it. As for the dress, it will meet the scissors. I still love the fabric and the shape of the skirt. So I will take off that ill-fitting bodice and make a wrap skirt. I’m giving it another chance on life. As Tim Gunn says to Barney “Your [dress’] death could mean another [skirt’s] life”. That’s how I will view it.

Sewn: Really Awesome T-shirts

We surprised the kids with a trip to Legoland this summer I wanted to add an additional surprise to make them dress properly for the occasion. On the second day of our Legoland stay the kids took on the park in colourful attire and received plenty of attention. I did not wear any of my Lego-shirts in the park (the jersey was too thick for the heat we had).

Two kids dressed as kids

Legoland is not that big and the two days we spent there were more than enough. The rides were just big and scary enough for the two kids (ages 6&9) and not too childish for us adults. My favourite ride was the pirate boats where all riders and spectators could shoot water at each and getting soaked was quite nice in the 30-ish degree weather we had. Plus the attention to Lego details is so good, I was really impressed. Big Lego-blocks outside, Lego-decorations in the hotel room at Legoland hotel, signs in Lego and my favourite: French fries at the buffet as Legos.

We ran into Emmet Brickowski in the Lego store, appropriately dressed.

I used generic t-shirt patterns for the kids, from Burda and Allt om handarbete, but don’t ask me to recite a pattern number or even the magazine issue. Like I said, generic t-shirt patterns. The armscye on Gustav’s t-shirt came out a bit too big and the sleeve hem allowance too small, so the sleeves are not perfect, but he is still constantly wearing the t-shirt, when it’s not in the wash that is. Erika also likes hers, but with so much to choose from in her wardrobe the Lego shirt is not selected that often. Maybe I need to turn it right side out since the back is white and she might not see it…

Dressed for work. I also made those trousers, but they deserve a post of their own.

All the tops were sewn up pretty quickly since they were fairly basic patterns. Although, by the end of project Lego t-shirts I was quite fed up with Lego fabric, knit fabrics and assembly line sewing. The t-shirts were well received, I turned a few heads and caused some smiles when I wore the Stella to work, and the Legoland surprise was awesome, cause in Lego Everything is Awesome!

Close up of my top. I really like the shape and fit of this top.

The details

Patterns:

Generic kid t-shirt patterns from Burda and/or Allt om handarbete
Stella T-shirt from Jenny Hellström’s book Sy! Från hood till skjortklänning
Sleeveless top, Allt om handarbete 104-04-2019

Fabric:

Klossar (blocks) from Jofotex. Yes, they are called Blocks as it is not copyright Lego fabric. Like when the Simpsons went to Blockoland.

 

The 16 Hours Coat

Where do I start? Do I start with that this my greatest sewing achievement ever? That I, in secret, is happy that this is done and my sewing will not be covered in red lint, although I’m sure I will find it around for a long time to come?

Front view. It has side pockets (I should have made them a bit bigger).

I think I’ll go with awesome. I actually made me a coat! A real coat, with lining and toggles and all that shebang. It all began with that feeling that I wanted to make something a bit more challenging. Then I noticed that my winter jacket, bought in 2011, was ripping. Now surely, being a sewer I could have fixed that. I didn’t, I chose to do a new coat instead. Then the old jacket ripped even further as I was wearing it (it’s the sleeve to bodice seam).

Back view. I like the shape of the coat, but I have some issues controlling the collars.

One of the issues I have had with coatmaking is that I’m slightly allergic to wool, it makes me itch. I don’t know if it’s all types of wool, but quite frankly I did not want to invest in a whole bunch of wool only to find out at the end of the project that the lining doesn’t do enough to keep my skin from crawling. So a polyester substitute it was. I ordered some samples from tyg.se, then I got a newsletter from them alerting a new arrival. I had wanted to make a red coat, but not too red, and now they had a perfect boucle for my project. Combined with quilted, padded lining I started out. The toggles I bought later, from Bibbis textil.

Red toggles! And a snap to keep the top closed.

The pattern I used was Simplicity 8262, designed by Leanne Marshall, winner of Project Runway season 5. I found the pattern quite easy to work with, it all came together easily, that is until I had to turn the lining. I could not wrap my head around the instructions, how to fasten the coat to the lining along with sleeves and then turn it. In the I handstitched the “turning hole” in the back bottom as well as the sleeves. It took me around 15 minutes, much shorter than what I had spent deciphering the instructions without luck.

Gold lining. And a sewing room floor. And a foot.

This coat is not perfect. There are flaws that I could have avoided. But it was my first time making a coat and it’s still so cool and I will wear it a lot as it does keep me cozy and warm. The first test run was on a particularly windy day (all days here are windy, so it’s very windy when I say particularly windy) (it also happened to be my birthday, so wearing my coat for the first time was an excellent way of celebrating myself). I made a self-belt, not sure if like it or not also I’m not sure this turquoise scarf is the best colour match. But technicalities. Bottom line: I made a freaking awesome coat!

My own label. Made in Sweden.
I also remembered to add a loop for hanging, it’s not in the pattern

The title of the post? For fun I wrote down how long each session was and what I had done during that session. In the end it added up to 16 hours spent on this coat.

 

 

 

Sewn: Lumberjack Outfit

Neither of these pieces were actually planned to be made, but all of a sudden here they are and I’m a lumberjack. And I’m OK with that. Maybe it’s time for me to start pressing wild flowers and have afternoon tea with scones? Or hang around in bars?

If I were to hang around in bars, this would probably not be my chosen outfit. The trousers are sewn specifically for work. You see I work in a facility under construction. When we go out there it’s full-on construction worker mode, with a hardhat, safety shoes, goggles, gloves and high visibility jacket, all of which I have through my job. As I don’t do much actual construction work I don’t have any “worker trousers”, but instead wear my own as we are not allowed to be bare-legged on the construction site. The issue is that I don’t have many trousers, so I had to make some.

Pockets are key, so I added all kinds of them, all of the patch variety. Front back and on both thighs. They’re still pockets on tight trousers, but small stuff can be carried there.

The shirt was made as a wearable muslin, and therefore not perfect. The most obvious flaw is that I placed the buttonholes too far from the edge making them look off and also making the shirt a bit tighter than intended. I still like the style of the shirt, it appeals to my inner 90s teenager.

Soundtrack to post: I’m a Lumberjack by Monty Python.

Materials used:

The trousers are the Pinda pants from Waffle Patterns. I have made them in the past and the fit is pretty good on me without much alterations. However, my first pair were made using the size indicated by my measurements, they turned out way too big. I added all the pockets I could find and skipped sewing the leg darts to get a more boot cut look instead of slim legs. The pattern instructions are really easy to follow and I want to do my best to remember this as the fly instruction is clear and easy to follow.
Notes for next time:

  • Reduce bulk in the front.
  • Make belt loops a bit larger.
  • Make the back waistband with a centre seam as to pull it in, as needed.

The fabric is a stretch denim I found in the remnant bin at Ohlssons Tyger. Notions used are a zipper for the fly and a button.

The shirt is New Look 6407. I made an FBA and managed to squeeze out the long-sleeved version even though my fabric didn’t reach the yardage of the required amount. The instructions were a bit lackluster, especially for the sleeve cuffs. They are not my best work, but I really couldn’t figure out how New Look meant for me to put them in.
Notes for next time:

  • Get the order right in sewing the collar.
  • Work more on the cuffs.
  • Put the buttons and buttonholes more to the center front

The shirt fabric is from Stoff och Stil, where I found it in the remnant bin, the shirt buttons were found in my stash.

Let’s Meet Here Again

Three years ago I posted my “See You Elsewhere” post and shortly thereafter I made my whole site private. I’m trying to keep my Instagram account active, but I find that for myself Instagram is not a good archive on my own creations, plus when I’m researching a pattern I always look for blogs to get a more in-depth review, Instagram is too quick, too much, too all the time.

It got me thinking. There are two things that line up for me. Wanting to keep an archive for the things I sew, wanting content but not providing any, plus I miss the interaction. So for some time I’ve been thinking about starting blogging again, with people on both Instagram and Facebook chiming in that they also miss the format of blogs.

I’m not gonna put any demands on myself. This is purely a hobby blog and I expect that everything I use will have been purchased by me or given to me as a gift. I want clear photos, but they will be taken by my cell phone, no extra styling (I hardly ever put on makeup for my everyday life, so I won’t do it for the blog), no extra-ordinary location shoots, unless I happen to be somewhere. Just photos and project notes, what went well, what didn’t and so on.

Also, I’m posting whenever I feel like posting. While I would want some regularity I will never apologise for the content I do or do not put out, after all this is just a hobby project about a thing I love doing; the good, the bad, the ups and the downs.

This my attempt to get back into blogging, provide some sort of content to the internet. Where this will end up, I don’t know, nut let’s see where this ride takes me.

See You Elsewhere

Once upon a time, I started this blog. That was like ten years ago. This was before Instagram and Twitter, before Facebook, before smart phones. When blogs was the way to log your thoughts, to connect with others, to share. This was also a time when I had no children and all time after work and weekends was mine to do with what I pleased. So much have changed.

I never was a good photographer. I used whatever I had to place the camera on and the self-timer. As for any type of photo-editing, none. Still none. I know nothing about photo-editing. Because it is not my hobby. And if I were to learn it would take time from I want to do. I’m not saying that photography and photo-editing never will be hobby, but right now it’s now where I want to lay my focus.

Without photos a blog about sewing would be pretty useless, after all we all read blogs to look at garments, right? Do you see where this is going? I haven’t blogged since May and to be honest I haven’t missed it. During this time I have thought about how my blogging would be in the future, but what it came down to was: pause. I need to pause blogging. And I need to write why, because I hate it when bloggers disappear without explanation. So my explanation, good or bad, is that I want to dedicate my time to other things rather than blogging. I’m OK with that decision.

What will I do now that I give myself all this time? Get my brown belt in judo. Continue sewing. Explore bullet journaling. Read. Be creative. Do things with my family. Maybe one day I’ll get back here, maybe I won’t. I just need to take away the pressure I get from this blog. I need a break.

Feel free to follow me on Instagram (@eitchy), Twitter (@eitchy_82) or on Goodreads, where I review what I read. Maybe I’ll post something on The Monthly Stitch if I feel a blogging urge.